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Best of Beauty 2014: Products I Can’t Live Without

We’re nearing the end of the year, and I have had the opportunity to try a lot of new beauty products this year. Many of them get shoved to the back of my vanity, but there are a few that are front and center — products that I love and adore and cannot live without. I decided to make a Best of Beauty Award for the products that I think are worthy of mention. If you have not tried one of these, run, don’t walk. RUN and buy it right now. You will NOT regret it.

5 Must-Have Beauty Products of 2014

2014 Best of Beauty: 5 Beauty Products You Need Right Now

1. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: This one had to be #1. I have always had long eyelashes, but I have never received the amount of comments and compliments as I have since I started using this mascara. I will confess, I actually layer this over my favorite Lancome mascara, so in a way I feel like I’m cheating. It is still wonderful on its own, but the two together are simply amazing. When I run out of Lancome, I don’t know if I’ll replace it or just go with the Benefit mascara 100% but right now, I’m really loving the results of layering them.

Read my full review.

Best of Beauty 2014: Benefit They're Real! Mascara

2. Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil by Sumita Beauty: This came in a GLOSSYBOX and it is my go-to eye shadow for a casual daytime look. I love how you can easily control how dark it is by how much you apply, and it blends in easily with a fingertip. I’m so bummed that it seems to be no longer for sale. I just found one on eBay, and I snatched it right up. If they don’t start producing it again, I will be on the lookout for something similar to replace it.

Read my Full Review

Best of Beauty 2014: Sumita EyeShadow Pencil

3. Supergoop CC Cream: I ordered this at the recommendation of DeAnn, one of my faithful blog readers who has become a friend. Yes, that happens! Crazy, right? I love my job. This stuff is life changing. It’s basically an all-in-one product that allows you to simplify your beauty/makeup routine in the morning, and IT REALLY WORKS.

Read my full review.

Best of Beauty 2014: SuperGoop CC Cream

4. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream: This is one I haven’t written about yet. When I attended a press event for CVS Pharmacy last fall, they sent us home with a huge box of products. I tried a few things, gave some away, and then saved others.

For some reason, I didn’t try the Aveeno products until just recently. I’ve run out of many of my moisturizers, so I grabbed a couple tubes of Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizers and put them in my vanity where I keep the products I’m actively using. I’ve actually been using several of them interchangeably. Some are for babies and some are just regular. Earlier in the season, I was starting to get the tell-tale signs of the Winter Itch that I detest so passionately.

Well, ever since I started slathering myself with these Aveeno Eczema products, I haven’t been itchy AT ALL. I really loved the Coconut Oil Spray I reviewed in the summertime, but for winter, it turns out I need something stronger. This stuff is AMAZING. I was afraid I was going to find it was full of chemicals and parabens and crap, but I plugged it into the Skin Deep Database and they get a 2 rating, so I was thrilled.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

5. Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Shampoo & Conditioner: I often have people asking me for more posts about hair products. Funny thing. For me, while my hair is a huge part of my overall get-ready routine, I don’t often think to post about it. Maybe because I don’t try new products all that often, or because I don’t do much with my hair other than blow it dry or put it in a ponytail. Or maybe because I don’t really enjoy dealing with my hair; it’s just a necessary part of the whole routine. But I have been using this collection of hair products for a long time, and any time I deviate and try something else, I feel like my hair is really flat or oily. This stuff ain’t cheap, but it works for me and my thin, color-treated, thinning dark brown hair. I also love their Grooming Creme.

My Bumble and Bumble Hair Routine

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15 thoughts on “Best of Beauty 2014: Products I Can’t Live Without

  1. I love your blog, girl! I have been using the Supergoop since you recco’ed it and there’s been no turning back!! I LOVE IT! In fact, I totally ditched foundation and now just use this ! At one point I sampled 3 other BB/CCs– Nars, Bobbi and one other– Supergoop was the best! Keep up the good work!!

  2. I’m just wondering about the mascara not being waterproof. My eyes water a lot in the winter and I’m wondering if this would be running down my face? I looked and they don’t appear to make a waterproof version – – –

  3. If you can’t find your shadow pencil any more, try the Stila Smudge Crayons. I don’t use them on a daily basis, but I bought them because they’re so portable & easy for travel.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  4. I remember watching your video for the sumita champagne eyeshadow pencil and thought it was the perfect shade! I too looked online for it and it seemed impossible to find! I bought a few Ulta eye crayons from Ulta (of course) and they’re great! I like them a lot, I also bought the holiday edition that has 10 small crayons in different shades! I bought the collection when it was on sale last week for $8! Just incase anyone is looking for a good priced eyeshadow crayon!

  5. I’m living for my new fav mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Black
    I’m always on the hunt for the next best mascara though so I might just have to try what you’re using!

    Nell

  6. Love everything! I just tried a sample version of Bumble and Bumble shampoo. Love it! First world problem alert: I really struggle with shampoo and conditioner because it always seems like my hair loves it for a few weeks then the honeymoon is over and it’s dry and lifeless again. Also, as I’m getting older it seems to be the only thing on my body that is thinning! I used to have very thick hair so I’m not used to trying to find a shampoo that covers thinning, color, AND frizz. I also don’t want one with a lot of chemical-ish ingredients. I don’t ask for much, do I? 🙂 I do like Living Proof’s “Prime Style Extender.” http://www.sephora.com/prime-style-extender-P375668?skuId=1460138

  7. Hi, love your blog! You can find the Sumita eyeshadow pencils on Birchbox. I love them too! I have one a use as a liner everyday.

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